So it’s now been about 3 weeks since I started the low-FODMAP diet in hopes of healing my IBS-C. I shared a little about my experiences in this post. Here’s a little update:
PS: if the intricate details of digestion aren’t your thing, you might want to come back tomorrow. However, I am sharing this because I know so many others suffer from IBS and chronic constipation. Let’s normalize poop talk! 😉
How am I feeling? For the most part, lighter! Less full all the time. However, my period happened to fall in the middle of the three weeks and that put all progress to a stop, bringing all symptom improvements to a screeching halt. My “regularity” is sporadic, but apart from the week on my cycle, no long stretches without a bowel movement. Still, I wouldn’t say I feel “relieved.”
Positives: The gas/bloating have gone down quite a bit! It’s pretty awesome. I don’t feel “overly full” too often either. My energy has been good too.
Negatives: I’m still not “going” a normal amount. My hunger levels are pretty inconsistent- for example, I will be hungry but then a few chips will make me feel full. That’s frustrating.
How is the eating going? I’ve successfully cut out gluten, high-lactose dairy, legumes, high-FODMAP fruits/vegetables, honey, high fructose corn syrup, chewing gum and other sugar alcohols, and any intentional garlic/onion (I say intentional, because eating out makes that a little more difficult when it comes to how food is seasoned).
I’ve reintroduced beef into my diet after 7 years without and I haven’t suffered any ill effects from it. I’ve only actually had it 4 times in the past month, keeping with my once per week goal. Yet, I wonder if to see any benefits, I will need to consume it more? Overall, I have been eating a lot of more meat, because legumes are no longer an option (and protein is important!) Another reason I reintroduced beef is because I didn’t want to feel like I was on a restrictive diet if I didn’t have to.
The hardest aspect is portion control. Oats are approved, but only a 1/4 cup. Blueberries are approved, but only 20. This gets tricky and a little confusing. And sad because I could eat 100 blueberries (but I know that would make me ill.)
Eating out can be really difficult too, because the ingredients aren’t always available. Still, I don’t want to stress out too much about it, because stress is often a major contributor IBS symtpoms.
I think once I return to grad school in the fall the routine of life will make it easier to control my diet. Summer is so unpredictable and my work schedule can be random.
If you have any questions, I’d love to talk with you more about it. I am writing about my experience, because it’s blogs/updates like this that I was looking for when I began the journey. I’m still reading up on the best ways to handle the diet and trying to find an eating pattern that makes me feel my best.
Here are some resources I’ve appreciated:
Has changing your diet offered your true relief from your symptoms?